Anthony Thompson: What Happened When I Forgave My Wife’s Murderer

ChurchLeaders | 5/22/2019 | Staff
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Reverend Anthony Thompson is the pastor of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church of Charleston. The Reverend Thompson was married to the late Myra Thompson. They have three children and six grandchildren.

– How did you respond to those who suggested your forgiveness of Dylann Roof was hasty?

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– How did the community of Charleston react to the Emanuel AME shooting compared to other communities that have endured similar violence?

– What can ministers do to help their congregations strive for racial reconciliation?

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“He may have murdered my wife, but I’m just as much a sinner as he is. Christ died for his sins; if Christ died for my sins, he died for his, too.”

“That peace that passes understanding is very, very real. I’ve preached it several times and I wrote about forgiveness several times in my sermons, but never once did I experience that peace until [I forgave Dylann Roof in court].”

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“Everything left my body, the anger, the hate, the rage, the loss I had for my wife–he just took it all, and I felt it leaving my body. I was literally shaking and after that, I experienced that peace that passes all understanding in Christ Jesus. And believe me, I have that peace right now...
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